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A 40-year-old member asked:

is it possible to get melanoma skin cancer in your armpit where the sun never shines?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: Melanoma can occur in non-sun exposed skin.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Yes.: Although risk factors include sun exposure and fair complexion, patients with dysplastic nevus syndrome (an autosomal dominant condition with many nevi), and certain kinds of melanoma , like acral lentiginous can possibly get malignant melanoma even without sun exposure. Anoyone with a nevus, or nevi should be aware, especially if it is irregular shaped, multicolored and asymmetric.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Unfortunately yes: Melanomas are most commonly caused by sun exposure, but they rarely do appear in strange places...I have seen/known patients who have had melanomas come up under their fingernails, in the mouth or sinuses, etc. If you notice any moles on your body which are changing, have them looked at.

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Will penicillin vk 500mg tablets treat an ear infection?

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Unlikely: With a large proportion of s. Pneumonii (most common bacteria causing middle ear infection) becoming resistant to penicillin, the mainstay of antibiotics treatment for "ear infection" is currently a high dose of amoxicillin.
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A 44-year-old female asked:

Stage 3 breast cancer her2 positive how many herceptin (trastuzumab) cycle she must undergo?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I have the flu and am struggling to breath with bad chest pains and shooting pains down my left arm?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See a doctor: This no longer sounds like influenza. If flu to begin with this can predispose you to secondary acute bacterial pneumonia which can be potentially very severe and even fatal. Please go to an emergency room asap and be examined and treated. Do not wait. Hope you are better soon.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Around my aunt eye there is some swelling , some pain , itchy. The pain level is a 5 on a scale 1-10 . Should we be concerned ?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See an eye doctor: Swelling and pain around the eye may be caused by an infection. If left untreated, it can potentially get into the eye socket and even the brain. Your aunt should be evaluated by an eye doctor immediately.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

I've had joint pain on my elbow and shoulder of my left arm but have not hurt myself. It causes discomfort, but not excruciating. What should I do to?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Rest: It sounds more like cervical radiculopathy, or nerve symptoms originating from your neck. Many of these improve on their own. Some of these also cause shoulder and rotator cuff problems. Visit your friendly neighborhood orthopod or sports medicine doc so we can give you an individualized answer after an examination.

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